On Her Own Two Feet
March 05, 2012

The re-issue of two Elizabeth Taylor novels, A Game of Hide and Seek and Angel, is truly exciting. For years, Taylor’s short stories—painfully smart,

The Story's About You
March 01, 2012

Pico Iyer's new book, The Man Within My Head, a congeries of travel sketches and autobiographical vignettes, carries as a somewhat intermittent leitmo

Absent and Present
February 29, 2012

By Blood, the marvelously creepy new novel by Ellen Ullman reads like a nineteenth-century novel, but grapples with the problems of Jewish identity in

The Indignity of Labor
February 28, 2012

The twisted, uncomfortable brilliance of Gulag Boss, both as a historical document and as a piece of literature, is created by reducing the sprawling,

February 27, 2012

The Real Romney, a comprehensive and eminently fair-minded biography of the GOP’s fitful frontrunner, outlines how Romney has struggled since his poli

Facts and Dreams
February 23, 2012

In Fictions of the Cosmos, Frédérique Aït-Touati flicks her finger and dismantles the bars that separate science and literature.

Nazism on Holiday
February 22, 2012

Only recently discovered by the Bolaño estate among his papers, The Third Reich bears many of the hallmarks of the now familiar Roberto Bolaño style:

The Two Americas
February 20, 2012

We are, Charles Murray posits, two nations: one a pampered and clueless but high-functioning meritocratic elite, and one a bruised and resentful and l

When The Bad News Comes
February 16, 2012

An air of bittersweet nobility envelops this collection of cancer essays. Seven prominent bioethicists collaborated to produce Malignant—five who batt

February 15, 2012

In his memoir, Bill Zimmerman contributes his own vivid tableaux to the annals of 1960s action sequences, and makes plain that they were sequences in